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This list ranks the best science fiction novels ever written, as voted on by sci-fi readers. Anyone can add their picks to this list of sci-fi books, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the best science fiction books of all time by the people who live and breathe Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, and Clarke.

Vote up the novels that you think best represent the greatest science fiction books ever written in order to determine the most popular science fiction books on the shelves. It doesn't much matter they're classic or modern, utopian or dystopian; if they're popular sci-fi books, this list is the place to rank them.

If you see a book that's missing, add it. Vote up your favorite literary slices of sci-fi. And for maximum impact, make your own list by reranking this one your own way, so that everyone can see whether your top rated sci-fi novels take place on Arrakis, Mars, or even Earth.

1
7,702 2,992
Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Dune Frank Herbert

2
8,672 2,394
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

3
7,147 1,698
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

4
4,354 2,097
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
4,904 1,525
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

6
4,273 1,794
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

7
6,670 2,080
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

8
5,753 1,400
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
4,837 1,481
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

10
3,800 1,698
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

11
4,323 1,566
War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
War of the Worlds H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson

12
3,367 1,404
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

13
3,643 1,701
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

14
4,106 1,436
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

The Scariest Novels of All Time

15
3,490 1,651
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

16
4,356 1,285
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

17
3,503 1,382
20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

18
3,402 1,465
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

19
3,013 1,790
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

20
4,074 1,737
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

21
3,229 1,500
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

The Best Batman Comics

22
3,544 1,731
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

23
3,770 1,577
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
1,761 1,622
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

25
2,159 1,340
The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells

26
2,015 1,625
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

27
1,488 1,664
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

28
1,849 1,723
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

29
1,982 1,503
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

30
1,975 1,408
Contact is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

31
1,208 1,604
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

32
2,455 1,131
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

33
2,820 1,199
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

34
1,867 1,512
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

35
1,117 1,734
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

36
2,326 1,312
The Martian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
pontus-söderlund added The Martian Andy Weir

37
2,367 1,405
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Green Mile Stephen King

38
3,300 1,306
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

39
1,485 1,639
The Road is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

40
1,293 1,430
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

41
2,208 1,269
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

42
1,657 1,357
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H. P. Lovecraft

The 13 Best Dystopian Novels

43
1,777 1,048
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

44
1,571 1,335
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

45
1,569 942
The foundation trilogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The foundation trilogy Isaac Asimov

46
2,336 1,133
Catching Fire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added Catching Fire Suzanne Collins

47
2,176 1,639
Ender's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card

48
2,074 1,506
Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

49
1,197 1,358
The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

50
1,679 1,220
Childhood's End is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke